Never Surrender: A Soldier's Journey to the Crossroads of Faith and Freedom [NOOK Book]

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In 1978, Jerry Boykin joined what would become the world's premier Special Operations unit, Delta Force. The only promise: "A medal and a body bag." What followed was a .50 caliber round in the chest and a life spent with America's elite forces bringing down warlords and war criminals, despots, and dictators. In Colombia, his task force hunted the notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar. In Panama, he helped capture the brutal dictator Manuel Noriega, liberating a nation. From Vietnam to Iran to Mogadishu, Lt. General ...
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Never Surrender: A Soldier's Journey to the Crossroads of Faith and Freedom

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Overview

In 1978, Jerry Boykin joined what would become the world's premier Special Operations unit, Delta Force. The only promise: "A medal and a body bag." What followed was a .50 caliber round in the chest and a life spent with America's elite forces bringing down warlords and war criminals, despots, and dictators. In Colombia, his task force hunted the notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar. In Panama, he helped capture the brutal dictator Manuel Noriega, liberating a nation. From Vietnam to Iran to Mogadishu, Lt. General Jerry Boykin's life reads like an action-adventure novel. Boykin's powerful story will keep you riveted as he reveals how his military duty worked in tandem with his faith to bring him through the bloody storms of foreign battle-and through the political firestorm that ambushed him in his own country.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Lieutenant General Boykin's illustrious military career takes center stage in this personal account of religious faith in the proverbial foxhole. He was thrust into several harrowing encounters, such as the events portrayed in the film Black Hawk Down, the Iranian hostage crisis and the current war on terror. Boykin delivers frontline perspectives on the military missions in which he engaged, and the accounts are charged with excitement. Some may find his writing a bit polarizing; he is not subtle regarding his dislike for Democratic political figures like Jimmy Carter and John Kerry. Others will be inspired by how he faced death on a number of occasions and held tightly to his faith as a buoy through tumultuous and dark times. Toward the end of his career, Boykin began giving public talks, inspiring people to faith in God and to the ideals of the United States. While Boykin is to be commended for his patriotism, bravery and conviction, the book never successfully explains how his military career coexisted with some of the more pacifist tenets of Christianity. (July 29)

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pastor and author Stu Weber
""America's Point Man" for over three decades, Jerry Boykin is a national treasure . . . His story is an intriguing read for thinking Americans. He's not only borne the weight of battle, he's carried our nation in his heart. NEVER SURRENDER is a life story that demands both our gratitude and respect. Now that I think about it, my friend is the consummate tender warrior."
New York Times bestselling author of The Faith of Stephen Mansfield
"[NEVER SURRENDER] is a saga of battles won and lost, of political intrigue and battlefield valor, of personal tragedy and the God who fashions greatness in the crucible of hardship. This is Jerry Boykin's story, a tale that offers us sterling character to make our own."
Oliver North
"A powerful and moving chronicle of courage, commitment, and devotion by an audacious soldier and gifted leader. This thrilling account of how he "fought the good fight, finished the race, and kept the faith" in the midst of dangerous and difficult circumstances is inspiring. You won't want to put it down."
retired marine and Fox News Channel contributor Bill Cowan
"NEVER SURRENDER takes the reader through the experiences of one of America's greatest living soldiers, touching firmly on recent history and much of the drama surrounding it. More importantly, the book shows how one of the strongest of the strong isn't so strong he can't still call on his faith and on God to guide him in difficult times."
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"A powerful and moving chronicle of courage, commitment, and devotion by an audacious soldier and gifted leader. This thrilling account of how he "fought the good fight, finished the race, and kept the faith" in the midst of dangerous and difficult circumstances is inspiring. You won't want to put it down."—Oliver North, Lt. Col. USMC (Ret.), New York Times bestselling author of Mission Compromised, Jericho Sanction, The Assassin, and the FOX News War Stories series

"NEVER SURRENDER takes the reader through the experiences of one of America's greatest living soldiers, touching firmly on recent history and much of the drama surrounding it. More importantly, the book shows how one of the strongest of the strong isn't so strong he can't still call on his faith and on God to guide him in difficult times."—Bill Cowan, retired marine and Fox News Channel contributor

"[NEVER SURRENDER] is a saga of battles won and lost, of political intrigue and battlefield valor, of personal tragedy and the God who fashions greatness in the crucible of hardship. This is Jerry Boykin's story, a tale that offers us sterling character to make our own."—Stephen Mansfield, New York Times bestselling author of The Faith of the American Soldier

" "America's Point Man" for over three decades, Jerry Boykin is a national treasure . . . His story is an intriguing read for thinking Americans. He's not only borne the weight of battle, he's carried our nation in his heart. NEVER SURRENDER is a life story that demands both our gratitude and respect. Now that I think about it, my friend is the consummate tender warrior."—Stu Weber, pastor and author

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446537582
  • Publisher: FaithWords
  • Publication date: 7/29/2008
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 95,047
  • File size: 497 KB

Meet the Author

Lieutenant General William "Jerry" Boykin served in a variety of posts during his 36-year career in the Army, most of them involving Delta Force and Special Forces. He is an original member of the Army's Delta Force. His last post was as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence in the Pentagon, overseeing the gathering and exploitation of intelligence during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Table of Contents


Air Assault: Washington, D.C., 2003     1
Flag Burners and War Heroes: 1948-1970     21
A Helluva Ride: 1971-1977     43
A Medal and a Body Bag: Fort Bragg, 1978     63
Surprise, Speed, and Violence of Action: Delta Force, 1978-1979     85
Welcome to World War III: Iran Hostage Crisis, 1979-1980     105
Tea for Terrorists: Sudan, 1983     141
.50 Caliber Miracle: Grenada, 1983     157
Merry Christmas, Noriega: Panama, 1989-1990     179
Drug Lords and False Prophets: Colombia and Waco, 1992-1993     221
Battle of the Black Sea: Mogadishu, Somalia, 1993     249
War Criminals: Washington, D.C. and the Balkans, 1995-1999     293
Crucible: Washington, D.C., 2003-2004     309
Notes     351
Bibliography     353
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2008

    military hero

    Jerry Boykin tells his story of growing up in North Carolina, his days as a cadet and football player at Virginia Tech and his service in the US military. Gen. Boykin is a decorated vet., an origional member of Delta Force, and he served in the most important military missions of the last 30 plus years. He goes into detail of what really happened in the aborted rescue attempt of the hostages held at the the US embasy in Tehran. He gives the reader details of the Battle of the Black Sea later depicted in the book 'Blackhawk Down' and the movie of the same name. He documents his dealings with the American far left-wing media and their attempts to bring him down while he served at the Pentagon. A far right-wing, biggoted, religious zealot, as NBC tried to portray him, Boykin is not. Rather he is an American warrior who happens to believe that the US is in a struggle with evil (not Islam)in our war on terror. He is not anti-Muslim and does not see Muslims as evil, but rather sees that our enemies are thugs wrongly using Islam as a shield. Boykin is a Christian and he tells of instances where his faith was strengthened in the midst of adversity. It is the story of an interesting life of courage under fire at home and abroad. During these trials Gen. Boykin never gave up and the book illustrates his strength and resolve to do what was right. The book is an action-packed, fast-paced read that is hard to put down. Soldiers like Boykin are the reason we still live in a free society.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2011

    Great book!

    What a great book. Very inspiring. Buy it. Read it. End of story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 12, 2011

    RATING:4.5! A MUST READ FOR ALL BIOGRAPHY,MILITARY READERS! NEVER SURRENDER BY LGT(RET.)WILLIAM G. BOYKIN!!

    NEVER SURRENDER:A SOLDIER'S JOURNEY TO THE CROSSROADS OF FAITH AND FREEDOM by LTG (Ret) William G. Boykin with Lynn Vincent is an amazing inspirational biography of "LTG (Ret) William G. "Jerry" Boykin life and his struggles.He is "the former commander of U.S. Army Special Forces and Founding Member of Delta Force" and a military hero.It is well written with depth and details.What an amazing story of courage,faith, devotion to his country and his faith,how a soldier surrounded with war,history,danger,and circumstances continued on with his faith,family and friends.While LTG Boykin takes his readers on a journey through his struggles with recent events and the drama surrounding it,he also will touch your heart with his strong faith,believe in his country and his family.As he said in his book "America is a melting- pot society".Our "cause is just"."That's why we are the good guys and why we will never surrender". "Never Surrender" is an incredible story of an incredible soldier who while his faith may have faulted,restored and carried him through some of the toughest times of his life.This is a must read for any and all biography readers and also but anyone who enjoys a great military story full of actual events.A what great biography.This book was received for the purpose of review from Faith Works & Center Street Book Blogs and details can be found at Faith Works,a division of Hachette Book Group,Inc.and My Book Addiction Reviews.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2010

    A True Christian Americian Hero!

    I could not put this book down! I am a mystery lover but this book beats any fiction out there! You can not put it down. I have heard this man speak in person and thought I had heard every thing but I was wrong. This shows every Americian how anti-Christian our goverment and main stream media can be-no! How anti-Christian our goverment and main stream media IS! Thank you Sir for your devout service to this country and some of it's ungrateful citizens.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2013

    A wonderful read. Highly recommended.

    A wonderful read. Highly recommended.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2012

    Intrigued!

    I highly recommend this book to all American readers. Yes, General Boykin (Ret.) is a devout and outspoken christian, but there was more that spoke to me from these pages. I think most Americans realize that it is not wise to rely solely on the media for 100% factual information, but this man's story made me realize just how much power our media outlets posess! The media truly has the power to make or break someone. I do believe in our freedom of speech, but I am ashamed at what lengths some "American" journalists will go in order to get their name noticed.

    I am already a Christ follower, so I cannot say that I was hugely surprised at the many testimonies that General Boykin (Ret.) shared. However, it never gets dull hearing about the Lords greatness! Also, I can affirm from a personal standpoint that I, too, have experienced very similiar experiences in regards to how God has spoken to me or protected me.

    Thank you, General Boykin (Ret.) for taking the time to write your story for the American public. Not only have you opened my eyes more clearly to the dangers of trusting the media for all the facts, but you have stirred inside me a passion to learn more about our brave soldiers and how each and every one of them have a real life story that us uniquely theirs.

    And, lastly, thank you General Boykin (Ret.) for the sacrifices you have made over the years to keep me and my family safe!

    God Bless America!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 7, 2012

    SO SO GOOD

    I was so mad when I finished this book because I didn't want to stop reading it. I am about to start reading it for a second time, I highly recommend this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2012

    Someone that knows what their talking about

    My grandma will love this book!!!!!!!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2012

    Typo?

    I'm half way through the nook book, and noticed on page 187 he says "I am stashing it when an invisible sledgehammer crashes into my left shoulder...but my left hand no longer works. My left arm no longer works." "I lay down my carbine and reach over with my right hand to find the stump of my shoulder."

    On page 195, the fourth paragraph, "Your nerve is so damaged that it is very unlikely that it will regenerate. There's a very good possibility that you'll never use your right arm again."

    It's a small error; otherwise the book is a good read. I particularly like cross referencing it with Eric Hanley's Inside Delta.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 29, 2011

    Amazing

    General boykin is an encouragement to those of us serving and are of faith. His strengrh throughout his career should be an example to all military leaders.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 29, 2009

    An inside perspective on the challenges and accomplishments of the Delta Force. This is a good book.

    I have a much better understanding and appreciation for what those behind the scenes do everyday to protect our freedoms. The committment and personal sacrifice made by many, yet often unnoticed or unappreciated by the general public, is exhibited in this quick, educational and interesting book. Thank you Lt. Gen Boykin for all you have done for our country and for writing this book to give the reader a front row seat.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2009

    Just Excellent!

    I love reading books about Military History, especially ones about Special Ops guys because they are the ones that we here nothing about on the news. As I was serching this site for my next book I came across Never Surrender, thought it looked interesting and clicked to see what others thought of this book. As I read the reviews I became more and more intrigued by this mans career. After I bought it I became so cought up in his story that i almost got half way through on the first day. What made it so easy to read was the short chapters. Other books I have read have chapters that go on for up to 25-30 pages, after a while that becomes confusing and i loose interest fast. I am honored to have read this book and am proud to know that men like Jerry Boykin are fighting for our country. YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

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    Well-Written and Inspiring!

    William Boykin does an excellent job of describing what it was like to be a founding member of America's Delta Force. His first-hand description of the Desert One rescue attempt was riveting. His analysis of how Washington and the media grandstands for votes and readers was insightful. The book was well-written and inspiring.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2008

    A Man's Book

    My husband and I are very different people. I am an avid reader he would tell you that he hates to read. Nevertheless, when this book came into our home, he picked it up. (Trust me, that's unusual.) He turned a couple of pages, and when I gently suggested he take a look at it, he began to read! He did not stop that first day until he got to sixty-some pages. The following day, he picked it up and read some more! As we drove down the street one day, he began to tell me about this man's life. I asked, 'If this were made into a movie...' 'I'd go see it!' he exclaimed, interrupting me. On another day, he stated, 'This man is a machine! You can't believe the things he's done!' Well, he finished reading the book! Yep, he read all 350 pages, and he loved it. Obviously, this is a compelling read. Covered are Noreiga's arrest, and the tracking of Escobar, the Colombian drug lord. Boykin tells the truth about Delta Force's involvement during the Waco, Texas fiasco and clears up the 'false story' from CIA agents that the news agencies reported. It's a man's story, made for a real man's enjoyment. Buy it for the guy in your life he'll read it, even if he's a non-reader!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2008

    Excellent

    General Boykin provides the reader with great detail in the battle between right and wrong, and the path to develop one's personal set of values. This book is absolutely fascinating, riveting and powerful. If you enjoy military novels¿especially those about the Special Forces¿then this book is a must read. Likewise, I encourage students to read this book to learn more about leadership, ethics and integrity!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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